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History’s Hook is a weekly audio-media series that uses local stories…stories found in everyone’s backyard…to explore national and world history. The show features experts and eye-witnesses to events that make those connections in history. The show’s host, Tom Price is a veteran historian who has spent nearly 30 years working in museums and archives finding those documents and objects that tell the stories of all of us. He has published numerous articles on U.S. History and has curated fifte ...
 
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In this special presentation by The History Things Podcast, co-Hosts Pat McGuire & Matt Borders take us back to that awful Tuesday in September 2001 with a haunting timeline of the events of that day. Additionally Matt & Pat engage in a discussion with each other about their memories of the days, weeks, months, and years that have followed in the a…
 
It's time for the follow up episode for Quarter 3's "One Fort, Three Wars" with Maryland Park Ranger Rob Ambrose. Rob takes Pat and Matt into the 20th century history of Fort Frederick and how it developed into the state historic site it is today. From the CCC and the Maryland Park System, as well as listener questions, this is a great conversation…
 
Learning the basic principles of engineering on a farm in Maury County, Tennessee, Mr. Rick Burt parlayed that experience into nuclear and aerospace engineering. He worked his way up at NASA working on rocket systems, to become chief of testing and safety. Today, he is Deputy Director of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, where he …
 
Keeping with our episode 3 theme of colonial and revolutionary history, The History Things Podcast has a bonus episode for you! Pat and Matt speak with author, historian and podcaster, Marie Williams about her book, The Revolutionary War in the Adirondacks: Raids in the Wilderness. This was a great conversation looking into one of the lesser known …
 
The second half of Season 2 gets under way with a great conversation with our very good friend, Rob Ambrose. Rob is a Park Ranger who wears many different hats for Fort Frederick State Park, which is the site of the French and Indian War era stone fortification known as Fort Frederick. About 20 miles west of Hagerstown, Maryland and just a mile off…
 
BOOM! And just like that we have made to the halfway point of our Season 2 adventure here on The History Things Podcast! Here at our second midyear look at the show, Pat and Matt take stock of subjects they have covered, updates and upgrades to the production of the show itself, as well as updates from some of their personal endeavors! The fellas a…
 
In our Quarter 2 follow-up, Pat and Matt are joined once again by special guest Coby Treadway, the Education Coordinator at the Surratt House Tavern Museum in Clinton, Maryland! In Q2 we spent nearly 5 hours discussing the depths of the murder plots and assassination of President Abraham Lincoln at the conclusion of the American Civil War, and in t…
 
In our first bonus episode of Season 2, we hang out with our very good friend Jana Friesen McCabe, who is currently the Chief of Interpretation and Guest Services at Monocacy National Battlefield. Previously in Jana's career in the Park Service, she spent time as an interpretive ranger at Ford's Theater, site of the assassination of President Abrah…
 
Mr. James Rushing is an accomplished songwriter. He has written hit songs in the genres of country, bluegrass and gospel music. His songs have been recorded by such artists as Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Ricky Scaggs, Charlie Pride, and many others. Mr. Rushing was nominated to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in both 2017 and 2018. Mr. Rushi…
 
In this episode Tom and Jo Ann speak to retired professional boxer Sammy Sparkman. Born and raised in Columbia, TN, Mr. Sparkman began boxing when he was just seven years old. Following some time away from the sport, Mr. Sparkman spent six years in amateur boxing before turning pro in 1997. He fought in the ring all over the United States and the w…
 
Baseball is the quintessential American sport. Its long history dates back to the mid-19th century. But the sport has had a fractious history when it came to race relations. Despite quite a large number of African Americans playing in various leagues along-side white players in the early years of the sport, by the turn of the 20th century, complete…
 
Mr. Bob Clement was raised, in large part, at the governor’s residence, as he was the son of three-term Tennessee Governor Frank Clement. As such, he was at the center of Tennessee history-in-the-making, in the 1950’s and 60’s. Mr. Clement learned the value of public service at an early age. After graduating from the University of Tennessee as an R…
 
Mr. Bob Clement was raised, in large part, at the governor’s residence, as he was the son of three-term Tennessee Governor Frank Clement. As such, he was at the center of Tennessee history-in-the-making, in the 1950’s and 60’s. Mr. Clement learned the value of public service at an early age. After graduating from the University of Tennessee as an R…
 
Born and raised in Tennessee, Dr. Harold Pryor graduated from high school and was embarking upon a college career when he entered World War II as a medic attached to General George Patton’s 3rd Army as it marched across Europe. Following the war, Dr. Pryor re-entered college where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. The later …
 
In our Season 2, Quarter 2 installment, Pat and Matt have an epically huge episode in-store! We sat down in our newly renovated (still in progress lol) War Department Studio with special guest Coby Treadway to discuss at length about the plot(s) to kidnap and eventually the plot(s) to murder Abraham Lincoln, President Of The United States! Coby is …
 
History’s Hook host, Tom Price speaks to National and Country Music Radio Hall of Famer Blair Garner. Blair is a Texas native who has been a radio personality since he was 17 years old. Working in the radio business through college, his career took him to legendary stations in Washington, D.C., New York City, Houston and Los Angeles. In the 1990’s,…
 
We conclude an important three-part series as we explore the lives of Tennessee’s First Ladies, Rachel Jackson, Sarah Polk, and Eliza Johnson. We end with the first, the wife of the 7th President of the United States, Rachel Jackson. A woman of the American frontier, Mrs. Jackson is an enigmatic figure to historians. At times portrayed as a rube, a…
 
History’s Hook explores the life of Mrs. Imogene Nelson. Raised in Maury County, Mrs. Nelson grew up in Columbia in the 1930’s and 1940’s. During WWII, three of her brothers served in the military, one of them, Shannon, a pilot, died when his plane crashed in Upstate NY. Mrs. Nelson graduated from Columbia Central before entering the Women’s Army C…
 
Hosts Tom Price and Jo Ann McClellan speak with Ms. Sandra Seaton. Ms. Seaton is an award winning author, playwright, and librettist. Her plays have been performed in cities throughout the country, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and her libretto for the solo opera “From the Diary of Sally Hemings,” set to music by Pulitzer Prize, Gra…
 
On this episode, we continue our look at the extraordinary life of a man who has found great success as a career military man. Major General William Hickman spent 36 years serving his country. Born and raised in Maury County, Gen. Hickman attended local schools before attending Vanderbilt University. As an ROTC student there, upon graduation, he wa…
 
Matt and Pat hang out again with Ben Frail, the National Patriotic Instructor for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. We ask Ben some questions from the listeners, fire off a couple of our own... get more into the works of both the G.A.R. and the S.U.V. and since this episode was recorded prior to kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, Pat puts Ben…
 
On this episode, we look at the extraordinary life of a man who has found great success as a career military man. Major General William Hickman spent 36 years serving his country. Born and raised in Maury County, Gen. Hickman attended local schools before attending Vanderbilt University. As an ROTC student there, upon graduation, he was commissione…
 
August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution which allowed women the right to vote. Tennessee played a pivotal role as it was the 36th and final state needed to make the 19th amendment the law of the land. Although Tennessee can make the claim of being the state that made this important change in …
 
Hosts Tom Price and Jo Ann McClellan are joined by Louisville, Kentucky native Lyman M. Johnson. After attending the University of Louisville and spending time in the military, he also attended the University of Kentucky where he studied chemistry. He spent his career as a chemist for Honeywell Corporation before working as an environmental chemist…
 
This episode of History’s Hook features the Vietnam reminiscences of Mr. Bill McEwen. A native of Columbia, Tennessee, he graduated from Columbia Military Academy. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he holds both bachelor and master’s degrees. He joined the military in 1966 and after attending Officers Candidate School, was commissioned…
 
Eliza Johnson was hugely influential on her husband Andrew Johnson’s life and career. Married when she was just 16, Eliza was the youngest future first lady to marry. Together, Eliza and Andrew Johnson enjoyed a marriage that lasted some 48 years. She is credited with largely educating her young husband, who had had a difficult childhood with littl…
 
Cemeteries as we know them today came about in the 1830’s. Prior to that, the dead were typically buried in churchyards and backyards. But with this change, the often elaborate planning of cemeteries resembled park settings, where people went to picnic, hunt, have races…and commune with the dead. Cemeteries were filled with benches and in the absen…
 
As part of a series on life in the segregation era, History’s Hook hosts, Tom Price and Jo Ann McClellan interview Judge Randolph Baxter who graduated from Carver-Smith Highschool in 1963. He attended Tuskegee University and the University of Akron School of Law. While there he was an ROTC student, Mr. Baxter served his country in the Vietnam War f…
 
Sarah Polk is considered by many historians to be one of the most influential of the 19th century First Ladies. In a time when the position of first lady had no official capacity, Sarah Polk wielded a power seldom enjoyed by women of her age. Having no children of her own, he immersed herself in her husband’s long political career and became his cl…
 
Born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, Spence Armstrong went on to a stellar military career which began at the United States Naval Academy, before transferring to the Air Force to become a pilot. While serving, he became an aerospace engineer and test pilot, flying many different aircraft. By the time the Vietnam War started, Armstrong was a veteran pil…
 
Born and raised in Mt. Pleasant, Spence Armstrong went on to a stellar military career which began at the United States Naval Academy, before transferring to the Air Force to become a pilot. While serving, he became an aerospace engineer and test pilot, flying many different aircraft. By the time the Vietnam War started, Armstrong was a veteran pil…
 
From 1861-1865 Tennessee was a battleground during the American Civil War. For the majority of the war, much of Tennessee was occupied by Union troops. What was it like for Tennesseans to live in occupied territory? Conversely, what was it like for Union troops to live in a seceded state? In this episode, hosts Tom Price and Barry Gidcomb are joine…
 
On this episode of History’s Hook, hosts Tom Price and Dr. Barry Gidcomb discuss one of the great transformative movements in 19th century America…the Second Great Awakening. This movement brought about a serious upswing in religious thought in America following the Revolutionary War. From this religious awakening came a dramatic increase in member…
 
February 25, 1946 was a pivotal day in the history of the country, but no one knew it at the time. Gladys Stephenson and her son James had a disagreement with a local store over their treatment, and an altercation ensued that sparked a serious racial conflict in a community that had a history of strained race relations. The governor called out the …
 
For four generations, the Finney/Kennedy family have been reporting the news in Tennessee. The editors of both local and state newspapers, they have also been involved in politics and radio reporting. Join History’s Hook host Tom Price as he interviews Delk Kennedy and Elizabeth Blackstone about their family’s ties to media and politics in Tennesse…
 
February 25, 1946 was a pivotal day in the history of the country, but no one knew it at the time. Gladys Stephenson and her son James had a disagreement with a local store over their treatment, and an altercation ensued that sparked a serious racial conflict in a community that had a history of strained race relations. The governor called out the …
 
Elias Polk was born into slavery North Carolina, but grew up in Tennessee. The majority of his life was spent serving James K. Polk who would eventually become the 11th President. His life, however, spanned some eighty years, through emancipation, where Elias became politically active in Tennessee. Join Tom, Barry, and Jo Ann and listen to Elias’ s…
 
From 1846-1848, the United States waged a war against Mexico. In a year and a half, the United States fought across Northern and Central Mexico to “the Halls of the Montezumas” finally capturing Mexico City. A treaty was signed that brought five hundred thousand square miles of territory into the possession of the United States. For the first time,…
 
As part of the series on Tennessee’s three presidents, this episode of History’s Hook focuses on the first of them: Andrew Jackson. Old Hickory, the first populist president changed the face of American politics. Join hosts Tom Price and Dr. Barry Gidcomb as they speak with Marsha Mullin, Vice President of Collections and Research, and chief curato…
 
The Vietnam War was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam, backed by its communist allies against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The conflict was intensified by the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. More than 3 million people (including ove…
 
In 1912, Booker T. Washington of the Tuskegee Institute and Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist and president of Sears Roebuck, built state-of-the art schools for African-American children across the South. The effort has been called the most important initiative to advance black education in the early 20th century. At its height, there were some 5300…
 
To assist the formerly enslaved in their transition to freedom, the federal government inaugurated a program called the Freedmen’s Bureau. Created in March of 1865, its initial purpose was to "direct… provisions, clothing, and fuel, as may be deemed needful for the immediate and temporary shelter and supply of destitute and suffering refugees and f…
 
Starting life off from the humblest beginnings, Andrew Johnson rose from a simple tailor to a statesman. The only Southerner to remain in the Senate following secession, Johnson was chosen by Abraham Lincoln as his vice-president in 1864. Following Lincoln’s assassination a few months later, Johnson found himself hated by many of his fellow Tenness…
 
Tennessee boasts three presidents. Host Tom Price begins his three part presidential series by interviewing the long-time director of the President James K. Polk Home and Museum, John Holtzapple. Polk is one of the least-known presidents in American history, but as you will hear, deserves to be remembered as one of the most successful. His accompli…
 
In 1954, Mr. Bob Jones was just 21 years old, but already an experienced spy for the American National Security Agency. One of the very first NSA field agents, his missions frequently brought him to Europe where he was tasked with gathering information about America’s allies as well as its enemies. His is a story full of intrigue, violence, and esp…
 
In the summer of 1977, forty-two people perished in the worst jail fire in Tennessee’s history. The tragedy garnered national news attention and led to many new laws pertaining to jail safety. Author Cindy Tinsley talks about the tragedy, heroism, and how her research culminated in a book, “Tragedy in Small Town Tennessee.”…
 
History’s Hook hosts Tom Price and Jo Ann McClellan discuss the lives of several African-Americans who started life in Maury County, Tennessee and went on to national acclaim in various pursuits. Included are the stories of renowned chef to the rich and famous, Rufus Estes; Moses McKissack, a brick maker whose descendants include some of the most h…
 
History’s Hook’s hosts, Tom Price and Dr. Barry Gidcomb welcome Tony Turnbow, author of “The Natchez Trace in the War of 1812” which was published in The Journal of Mississippi History and most recently, the full length book published by Time Tunnel Media titled, Hardened to Hickory: The Missing Chapter in Andrew Jackson’s Life. The Natchez Trace i…
 
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